For many people, when they see the color pink, they think of Breast Cancer Awareness Month—with pink ribbons, pink apparel and everything that comes with the month of October. What they may not think about is what all that “pink” makes possible in the community.

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.

The Komen Kentucky affiliate is a local nonprofit dedicated to combating breast cancer right here in our community. Komen Kentucky funds grants to local hospitals and community organizations, providing screenings, diagnostics, treatment support, education and survivorship programs for underserved women and men in Kentucky. The nonprofit also funds global research programs to develop new treatment strategies and screening tools.

Even though general awareness of the disease is high, Komen Kentucky continually works to educate the community, as there are still many misconceptions about breast cancer. Many believe that “it only affects older women” or “if it doesn’t run in my family, I am safe.” Breast cancer does not discriminate when it comes to who is affected. Approximately 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. It strikes people of all races and ethnicities. Ninety to 95 percent of people diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.

Every donation to Komen Kentucky is used to achieve the organization’s Bold Goal: to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by the year 2026. The nonprofit is working to achieve this goal by making research a priority and providing quality care for all.

As the Lexington community begins to see a lot of pink this month, please think about “what pink makes possible” and join the movement at the 23rd Annual Lexington Race for the Cure. Register as an individual or team to walk or run in the race on Saturday, October 27. If you’re not race ready, you can volunteer for the event. You can also donate in honor or memory of someone you love – your funds can be directed to a specific person or team, or go to general race day donations. Visit
KomenKentucky.org to learn more.

Every step, every dollar and every voice matter. Join us in the fight against breast cancer.

To learn more visit KomenKentucky.org

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